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ATAVISMO is a new trio hailing from Algeciras/Spain. The band was constituted by former members of Mind! and Viaje A 800. Their aim is to play psychedelic experimental rock, they want to be synonymous with sonic expansion of open and reverberating guitars and hypnotic rhythms. This is manifested on their debut 'Desintegracion' at best, released on Not On Label Records and Odio Sonoro. Adansonia Records soon will also offer a vinyl version.

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4.35 | 11 ratings
4.25 | 18 ratings

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 Inerte by ATAVISMO album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.25 | 18 ratings

Atavismo Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
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5 stars This will no doubt be high on my final "best of" list for 2017. ATAVISMO are a trio out of Spain who play a Psychedelic brand of music. This is album number two for the boys(and girl). So we get a trio of bass, drums and guitar while all three also sing, play farfisa and mellotron. Oh those last two instruments have me drooling.

"Pan Y Dolor" is the most Spanish sounding song by far. The strummed guitar and multi-vocals bring that country to mind. It hits the ground running with bass, drums and guitar contrasted with the strummed guitar and multi-vocals I mentioned earlier. It starts to get really good when a calm arrives after 3 1/2 minutes. We get relaxed picked guitar but check out the mellotron choirs when they arrive. Oh my! Drums and bass will join in and the guitar does get quite expressive here as it cries out. More mellotron after 6 minutes. This is so good! Back to that strummed guitar with drums before the guitar starts to make some noise. Vocals and that Spanish sound return before 8 minutes.

"El Svendo" is powerful right off the hop with distorted guitar and pounding drums. Vocals join in and they will come and go as the power stays constant. It settles back some before 4 1/2 minutes but the guitar if anything becomes more powerful and the focus. It settles back even more before 6 1/2 minutes and I adore the tone of that guitar as the drums beat away. Back to the earlier guitar tone as he starts to light it up, especially before 9 1/2 minutes. Fantastic! It then turns heavier with distortion. My favourite song.

"La Maidicion Del Zisco" opens with distortion as a bass line kicks in followed by a full sound. Love that bass! Vocals before 1 1/2 minutes then some vocal melodies 3 minutes in the bass continues to kill here. Great sound! Vocals are back 4 minutes in. Repetitive riffs kick in around 5 minutes. "Belleza Cuatro" has a slow start of bass and atmosphere and more as reserved vocals arrive before 1 1/2 minutes. Vocal melodies before 3 1/2 minutes but they are brief. When they stop it becomes more powerful. It starts to wind down 5 minutes in.

"Volares" opens with heavy drums as synths and female vocal melodies join in. The guitar starts to cry out after a minute. Great sound before 3 minutes, so powerful. It then settles back some as guitar starts to slowly solo over top of the soundscape. So good! Vocals after 4 1/2 minutes and they stop after 6 minutes as distorted guitar comes to the fore. Vocals are back before 7 minutes as the song seems to drift along. More distorted guitar after 8 minutes to the end.

Man this seems like it was custom made for me apart from the Spanish bits of the opener. I really like how powerful this is at times, lots of depth to the sound. Just an amazing album from start to finish. Now where can I get their debut?

 Inerte by ATAVISMO album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.25 | 18 ratings

Atavismo Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
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4 stars Already indicating the trio's qualities and prog fundament, I can remember their debut 'Desintegracion' from 2014, which already attracted my attention. However, this new album, just released on Temple Of Torturous Records in these days, surely is a step forward to something really superb. The five songs, two of them crossing the ten minute border, are well thought out compositions. They are still reserving enough space for some instrumental excursions, though on the other hand will step away from a jamming attitude basically. Furthermore to state, I would say it's not that usual to use native lyrics.

Let's start with the opener Pan Y Dolor and the band's rhythm backbone, consisting of Mat (bass) and Pow (drums). Both are serving a tremendous groove, partially tending towards southern rock throughout. All members are also responsible for the subtle use of vintage keyboard stuff including mellotron and farfisa. Anyhow, Pot's electric guitar is dominant over the course, first of all the fantastic centerpiece El Sueno evolves to a magical showcase. A swinging La Maldición Del Zisco then appears with moog support and surprising facility.

Belleza Cuatro offers a fine blend of psychedelia and shoegaze where Volarás comes with charming polyphonic vocals, evolves into an atmospheric orientation soon, close to Airbag respectively Pink Floyd. 'Inerte' is another effort which contrasts pleasantly from the vast number of albums presented to this concept of genre in recent times. Enjoyable from the first to the last minute, developed with much empathy, including prominent mix and sound quality. Excellent move, ATAVISMO!

 Desintegración by ATAVISMO album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.35 | 11 ratings

Atavismo Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by cajapandora3

5 stars I am not going to, because I do not want, speculate on the musical genres and trends of this beyond amazing sound device issued by a new band of Algeciras, Cádiz, named Atavism, a name which itself already refers to the heritage of previous projects, Viaje a 800 or the recently dissolved Mind! And I do not want to speak about dogmatic treatises about experimental work, exercises of hard psych from the seventies inheritance or if this is a recurrence of some experienced musicians in a clear effort to go further and evolve. All that would be to get lost in a jungle of burdensome terms that do not describe, they could never do, a music that emanates from the heart, from an atavistic feeling that feeds the spirit of a musician, and the honesty which a group gives the listener with an infinite, timeless music, as I foresee from this moment, in an essential and fruitful career. Marvelous sounds infused with early seventies floydian grooves and devoted to extensive developments that, finally, transmit musical essences conceived and thought to the limit. The music of Desintegración is the approach of this smart trio formed by a extremely inspired Poti for both, voices and his eternal guitar, sculpting timeless melodies filled with an special sensitivity, that does not need to expose genuine virtuosity, and fierce melancholy anthems at a time, with exciting performances of unspeakable beauty; Sandri Pow, a real percussive heart, which is the powerful, sweet and vital soul of a group guided by intricate and dreamy instrumental passages, resulting an exercise of powerful sonic spaces and generating feelings hard to forget; and Matthew, a resolving and conscientious bass guitar than shows the rhythmic aspects of Atavism with professionalism and smooth feeling, unhurried, methodical, consistent, disciplined. The consequence of all of this is a complex, sensitive, full of winks, seductive, ultimately, honest and credible smooth music. No improbable contrivances, but for small details that embellish each of the four tracks of Desintegración, added, certainly in the background, in order to help, from post-production, to add personality to a seasoned group that plays with the advantage of knowing each other and, most important, knowing everything around it. Atavism knows how to press, as none have done so far, thanks to its music and its lyrics, the mechanisms for a smart avid listener that search for satisfying sound experiences; a listener that hates perishables items presented to particular benefit. Here's soul, there is 'duende' (it is forbidden to confuse all those Spanish topics; I'm not talking about that). I'm talking about magic, strength, sense of feeling, communication, satisfaction... I am referring, definitely, to Music, with capital letters, to contemporary Art made to joy and delight anyone who wants to be seduced by a sincere exercise of a quality out of the ordinary. From the depths of the mind into the pores of the skin, Desintegración meets several requirements that make it a classic of the future: feeling (I never get tired of saying that), honesty, taste and love; love for the listener who is the ultimately impassive adressee of the universal and timeless work of the greatest promise, turned into reality, of Spanish progressive rock: Atavism. I did not hesitate for a second
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